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  • 1.
    • The Spinal Cord
        •  Structure of the spinal cord
        • Tracts of the spinal cord
        • Spinal cord syndromes
    Nabeel Kouka, MD, DO, MBA www.brain101.info
  • 2. - Comparable to Input-Output (IO) System of the Computer - Spinal Nerve (C8, T12, L5, S5, Cx1) - Segmental Structure of Neural Tube Origin Spinal Cord
  • 3. Spinal segment C8, T12, L5, S5, Cx1 Anterior (Ventral) Root Posterior (Dorsal) Root Dorsal Root (Spinal) Ganglion Root - Rootlets
  • 4. Conus Medullaris (L1-2) Cauda Equina Anterior median fissure Anterolateral fissure
  • 5. Posterior median sulcus Posterolateral sulcus Posterior intermediate sulcus Fasciculus cuneatus Fasciculus gracilis Posterior surface of the spinal cord
  • 6. Periosteum of Vertebra - Epidural Space ----------------- epidural anesthesia Dura Mater Spinalis Arachnoid Membrane - Subarachnoid Space -------- Lumbar Puncture Spinal Anesthesia Pia Mater Spinalis - Denticulate Ligament --------- Cordotomy - Filum Terminale Spinal Cord Meninges
  • 7.
    • Meninges of
    • the spinal cord
      • Dura mater
      • Arachnoid membrane
      • Pia mater
    Denticulate ligament - specialization of the pia mater - landmark for cordotomy
  • 8. Meninges of the spinal cord
  • 9. Meninges of the spinal cord
  • 10. Lumbar Puncture – lumbar (terminal) cistern
  • 11. Arterial Supply - Spinal Arteries Anterior (1) & Posterior (2) Spinal Artery from Vertebral artery - Radicular Arteries ----- Segmental arteries from Vertebral, Ascending Cervical, Intercostal and Lumbar Artery Venous Drainage - Longitudinal & Radicular Veins to Intervertebral veins ---- to Internal Vertebral Venous Plexus to external vertebral venous plexus ---- to segmental veins Spinal Cord Vascular Supply
  • 12. anterior spinal artery segmental arteries 5. Adamkiwicz artery
  • 13. Spinal Cord External Figure
  • 14. Conus Medullaris (L1-2) Spinomedullary Junction - Foramen Magnum, Pyramidal decussation, C1 ventral root Enlargements - Cervical (C4-T1) & Lumbosacral (L1-L4) Longitudinal Fissures - anterior median fissure - anterolateral fissure - posterior median sulcus - posterolateral sulcus Spinal Cord External Figure
  • 15. cervical enlargement (C8) thoracic cord (T8) lumbar enlargement (L3) sacral cord (S1)
  • 16.
    • Cervical level
      • Wide flat cord, lots of white matter,
      • ventral horn enlargements.
    • Lumbar level
    • - Round cord, ventral horn enlargements.
    • Sacral level
    • - Small round cord, lateral Horn.
    • Tthoracic level
    • - Notice the pointed tips which stick out
    • between the small dorsal and ventral horns.
    • This extra cell column is called the
    • intermediate horn (AKA: Intermediolateral
    • Cell Column ). It is the source of all of the
    • sympathetics in the body & occurs only in
    • the Thoracic sections T 1 - L 2
  • 17. White Matter Anterior Funiculus (Anterior White Column) Posterior Funiculus (Posterior White Column) Fasciculus Gracilis & Fasciculus Cuneatus Lateral Funiculus (Lateral White Column) Gray Matter Anterior Horn ------------ --- motor Posterior Horn -------------- sensory Lateral Horn ----------------- autonomic (sympathetic) Gray Commissure -------- anterior and posterior Spinal Cord Internal Structure
  • 18. 1. posterior horn 2. anterior horn 3. intermediate zone (intermediate gray) 4. lateral horn 5. posterior funiculus 6. anterior funiculus 7. lateral funiculus 8. Lissauer's tract 9. anterior median fissure 10. posterior median sulcus 11. anterolateral sulcus 12. posterolateral sulcus 13. Posterior intermediate sulcus
  • 19. Principles of Cord Organization 1) Longitudinal Arrangement Fibers (White Matter) ------------- White Column Cell Groups (Gray Matter) ------- Gray Column 2) Transverse Arrangement Afferent & Efferent Fibers Crossing (Commissural and Decussating) Fibers 3) Somatotopical Arrangement Spinal Cord Internal Structure
  • 20. Columnar arrangement Somatotopical arrangement
  • 21. Lamina of Rexed
  • 22. Lamina I Posteromarginal Nucleus Lamina II Substantia Gelatinosa of Rolando Lamina III Lamina IV, V, VI ----- Nucleus Proprius Lamina VII - Intermediate Gray - I ntermediolateral cell column (ILM) - Clarke’s column (Nucleus dorsalis) - I ntermediomedial cell column (IMM) Lamina VIII Lamina IX ---------- Anterior Horn (Motor) Cell Lamina X ----------- Gray Commissure Lamina of Rexed
  • 23.
    • AKA: lamina marginalis
    • or the layer of Waldeyer
    • Receives incoming dorsal root fibers
    • and collateral branches as well
    • Larger neurons contribute axons
    • to Contralateral Spinothalamic Tract
    Lamina I
  • 24.
    • AKA: Substantia Gelatinosa
    • Involved in Pain interpretation
    • Receives incoming input from dorsal
    • root axons & descending input from
    • reticular formation of the medulla
    • Efferent axons travel up & down
    • several segments to make contact
    • with other areas of the dorsal horn
    Lamina II
  • 25.
    • Contains larger, less densely packed
    • cells than lamina II
    • Receives primary afferents from
    • dorsal root fibers
    • Neurons considered as a part of
    • nucleus proprius
    Lamina III
  • 26. Lamina IV
    • Contains a variety of cell types that have
    • more myelin than any other lamina
    • Some tract cells originate here, axons cross
    • the midline and enter the contralateral
    • Spinothalamic Tract , also sends contacts to
    • layers II and III
    • Receives afferents from dorsal roots via
    • the dorsal funiculus
    • At rostral end of spinal cord, laminas I-IV
    • become continuous with the spinal
    • trigeminal nucleus
  • 27. Lamina V - VI
    • Origination of tract cells , similar
    • to lamina IV, these tracts cells are
    • also known as the Nucleus Proprius
    • (e.g. spinal thalamic tract or
    • anterolateral system ; pain and
    • temperature, some tactile)
    • Receives afferent input from
    • dorsal roots and descending fibers,
    • most importantly Corticospinal
  • 28. Laterally, gray matter at base of dorsal horn mixes with white matter from lateral funiculus, this region is called reticular formation . It is noticeable in the cervical region Lamina V - VI reticular formation ----------------> C7
  • 29.
    • The largest region, occupies most of
    • ventral horn &intermediate zone
    • Projects long axons that connect to other
    • gray matter segments of the cord
    • Some columns do not fit into the lamina
    • scheme, and have individual designations:
        • a. Nucleus dorsalis ( Clarke )
        • b. Intermediolateral cell column
        • c. Intermediomedial cell column
        • d. Sacral autonomic nucleus
    Lamina VII
  • 30. Lamina VII
    • Nucleus dorsalis of Clark
    • AKA nucleus thoracicus
    • is located medial & ventral
    • to the dorsal horn in T1-L3
    • Composed of large neurons
    • & axons that form the
    • dorsal spinocerebellar tract
    • on the ipsilateral side
    T5
  • 31. Lamina VII
    • Intermediolateral cell column
    • is located at the lateral portion
    • of the intermediate zone.
    • Responsible for the formation
    • of the lateral horn in T1 - L2
    • Consists of cell bodies of
    • sympathetic preganglionic
    • neurons
    T5
  • 32. Lamina VII
    • Intermediomedial cell column
    • is located lateral to lamina X.
    • Not seen in all cord sections.
    • Receives primary afferent
    • fibers from dorsal root and
    • has been implicated in
    • visceral reflexes
    T5
  • 33. Lamina VII
    • Sacral autonomic nucleus
    • is located in the lateral part of
    • lamina VII in S2-S4 segments
    • Consists of preganglionic para-
    • sympathetic neurons
    S2
  • 34.
    • Located on the medial aspect of
    • the ventral horn
    • Efferent projections both ipsilaterally
    • and contralaterally to the same and
    • nearby segmental levels to lamina
    • VII & IX
    • Site of termination for descending
    • fibers, including the vestibulospinal
    • and reticulospinal tracts
    Lamina VIII
  • 35.
    • Consists of columns of neurons
    • embedded in either lamina VII or VIII
    • Cells include alpha and gamma motor
    • neurons, which axons exit via the
    • ventral roots and innervate striated
    • muscle . Smaller neurons contribute
    • axons to the ventral fasciculus proprius
    • Four columns of motor neurons can
    • be identified within this lamina;
    • ventromedial , ventrolateral , dorsolateral
    • & central each has characteristic
    • dendritic features
    Lamina IX
  • 36. Ventral gray columns in lamina IX have somatotopic arrangement: - Medial areas innervate the axial musculature - Lateral areas innervate the limbs muscles Lamina IX
  • 37. PHRENIC NUCLEUS The phrenic nucleus is located in the ventromedial area of the ventral horn in C2-C5 segments. It receives bilateral innervation from the solitary nucleus of the medullary region, via solitary tract . This nucleus is responsible for the innervation of the diaphragm SPINAL ACCESSORY NUCLEUS The spinal accessory nucleus (cranial nerve XI) is located in the lateral area of vental horn in C1-C5 segments. Corticospinal tract innervates this nucleus bilaterally. This nucleus is also responsible for the innervation of the trapezius & sternocleidomastoid muscles (ipsilaterally)
  • 38. Lamina IX
    • Located ventrolaterally in
    • S1-S2 spinal segments
    • Supplies muscles of the
    • pelvic floor, including striated
    • muscle sphincters for urinary
    • and fecal continence
    Nucleus of Onuf S2
  • 39.
    • Surrounds the central canal , and
    • includes the ventral gray commissure
    • Contains relatively small neurons ,
    • radial neuroglia cells & decussating
    • axons
    • Some dorsal root afferents terminate
    • here
    Lamina X
  • 40.
    • Ascending and descending association fiber systems of the
    • spinal cord which lie deep in the anterior, lateral & posterior
    • funiculi adjacent to the gray matter.
    • Fasciculi proprii aka Flechsig's fasciculi or Ground bundles
    • consist of: anterior , lateralis & intersegmental fasciculi
    Fasiculus Proprius
  • 41. Dorsal Roots
    • Each dorsal root divides
    • into 6 - 8 rootlets
    • Each rootlet can be divided into
    • lateral & medial division
    • Lateral division carries
    • information related to pain
    • & temperature
    • Medial division carries
    • information related to tactile
    • discrimination & vibration
  • 42. Dorsal Roots
    • Lateral division axons enter
    • dorsolateral tract of Lissauer ,
    • and then divide into ascending
    • & descending branches, each
    • terminate in the dorsal horn
    • Most terminate at same
    • level & some fibers may
    • travel up or down the cord
    • up to four levels
  • 43. Dorsal Roots
    • Medial division axons enter the
    • white matter & then divide into
    • ascending & descending branches
    • Descending branches are
    • organized into two bundles,
    • the Septomarginalis Fasiculus
    • and the Interfascicular Fasiculus
    • All descending branches terminate
    • in the dorsal horn
  • 44. Dorsal Roots
    • Ascending branches of the
    • medial division enter the
    • dorsal funiculus & terminate
    • in gracile & cuneate nuclei
    • in the medulla
  • 45. Ventral Horn
    • Lamina IX contains two types
    • of motor neurons, alpha and
    • gamma
    • Alpha motor neurons innervate
    • extrafusal fibers of striated
    • skeletal muscles
    • Gamma motor neurons innervate
    • intrafusal fibers of neuromuscular
    • spindles
    • Both types receive inputs from
    • interneurons, including the
    • inhibitory Renshaw cell
  • 46. Spinal Cord Tracts
  • 47. Tracts of the Spinal Cord
    • Fasciculus Gracilis
    • Fasciculus Cuneatus
    • Tractus spinocerebellaris dorsalis
    • Tractus corticospinalis lateralis
    • Tractus spinothalamicus lateralis
    • Tractus spinocerebellaris ventralis
    • Tractus rubrospinalis
    • Tractus spinotectalis
    • Tractus corticospinalis anterior
    • Tractus olivospinalis
    • Tractus spinoolivaris
    • Tractus tectospinalis
    • Tractus reticulospinalis
    • Tractus vestibulospinalis
    • Tractus spinothalamicus anterior
    • Raphe-spinal & Hypothalamospinal fibers
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  • 48. Ascending Tracts Modality: Touch, Pain, Temperature, Kinesthesia Receptor: Exteroceptor, Interoceptor, Proprioceptor Primary Neuron: Dorsal Root Ganglion (Spinal Ganglion) Secondary Neuron: Spinal Cord or Brain Stem Tertiary Neuron: Thalamus (Ventrobasal Nuclear Complex) Termination: Cerebral Cortex, Cerebellar Cortex, or Brain Stem Spinal Cord Tracts
  • 49. Ascending Tracts Posterior White Column-Medial Lemniscal Pathway Spinothalamic Tract Spinoreticular or Spinoreticulothalamic Tract Spinocerebellar Tract Spinomedullothalamic Tract Cervicothalamic or Spinocervicothalamic Tract Spino-olivary Tract Spinotectal Tract Spinal Cord Tracts
  • 50.  
  • 51. Posterior White Column-Medial Lemniscal Pathway Modality: Discriminative Touch Sensation (include Vibration) and Conscious Proprioception (Position Sensation, Kinesthesia) Receptor: Most receptors except free nerve endings Ist Neuron: Dorsal Root Ganglion (Spinal Ganglion) Posterior Root - Posterior White Column 2nd Neuron: Dorsal Column Nuclei (Nucleus Gracilis et Cuneatus) Internal Arcuate Fiber - Lemniscal Decussation - Medial Lemniscus 3rd Neuron: Thalamus (VPLc) Internal Capsule ----- Corona Radiata Termination: Primary Somesthetic Area (S I) Spinal Cord Ascending Tracts
  • 52. Posterior White Column - Medial Lemniscal Pathway medial lemniscus lemniscal decussation internal arcuate fiber posterior white column posterior root - ipsilateral loss of discriminative touch sensation and conscious proprioception below the level of lesion
  • 53. Spinothalamic Tract Modality: Pain & Temperature Sensation, Light Touch Receptor: Free Nerve Ending Ist Neuron: Dorsal Root Ganglion (Spinal Ganglion) Posterior Root 2nd Neuron: Dorsal Horn ( Lamina IV, V, VI ) Spinothalamic Tract - (Spinal Lemniscus) 3rd Neuron: Thalamus (VPLc, CL & POm) Internal Capsule ----- Corona Radiata Termination: Primary Somesthetic Area (S I) & Diffuse Widespread Cortical Region Spinal Cord Ascending Tracts
  • 54. Spinothalamic Tract spinothalamic tract anterior white commissure posterior root decussation - contralateral loss of pain and temperature sensation below the level of lesion
  • 55. Spinothalamic Tract & Spinoreticular Tract Widespread cortical region CL (intralaminar thalamic nuclei) reticulothalamic pathways spinoreticular tract Primary Motor Area (M I) VPLc (ventrobasal nuclear complex) (spinal lemniscus) spinothalamic tract thalamus reticular formation NeoSTT PaleoSTT
  • 56. Fast Pain Slow Pain Sharp, pricking Dull, burning Group III (A  ) fiber Group IV (C) fiber Short latency Slower onset Well localized Diffuse Short duration Long duration Less emotional Emotional, autonomic response Not blocked by morphine Blocked by morphine Neospinothalamic Tract Paleospinothalamic Tract Comparison of Fast and Slow Pain ------ Spinothalamic Tract
  • 57. Spinocerebellar Tract Modality: Unconscious Proprioception Receptor: Muscle spindle, Golgi tendon organ Ist Neuron: Dorsal Root Ganglion (Spinal Ganglion) Posterior Root , [Posterior Column] 2nd Neuron: 1. Clarke’s column ( Lamina VII ) Posterior Spinocerebellar Tract 2. Accessory Cuneate Nucleus Cuneocerebellar Tract 3. Posterior Horn Anterior Spinocerebellar Tract Termination: Cerebellar Cortex Spinal Cord Ascending Tracts
  • 58. Spinocerebellar Tract Inferior cerebellar peduncle posterior spinocerebellar tract Clarke’s column posterior white column posterior root Posterior SCbllT Inferior cerebellar peduncle cuneocerebellar tract (upper body) posterior white column posterior root Anterior SCbllT (superior cerebellar peduncle) anterior spinocerebellar tract anterior white commissure posterior root
  • 59. Spinocerebellar Tract
  • 60. Corticospinal Tract Origin: Cerebral Cortex Brodmann Area 4 (Primary Motor Area, M I) Brodmann Area 6 (Premotor Area, PM ) Brodmann Area 3,1,2 (Primary Somesthetic Area, S I) Brodmann Area 5 (Anterior Portion of Sup. Parietal Lobule) Corona Radiata lnternal Capsule, Posterior Limb Crus Cerebri, Middle Portion Longitudinal Pontine Fiber Pyramid - pyramidal decussation Corticospinal Tracts: - Lateral (crossed) - 85% - Anterior (Not crossed) - 15% Termination: Spinal Gray (Rexed IV-IX) Spinal Cord Descending Tracts
  • 61.  
  • 62. - ipsilateral UMN syndrome at the level of lesion Corticospinal Tract Corona Radiata lnternal Capsule, Posterior Limb Crus Cerebri, Middle Portion Longitudinal Pontine Fiber Pyramid Pyramidal Decussation Corticospinal Tract - Lateral and Anterior CR IC LPF Pyr PD LCST ACST
  • 63. Descending Tracts from Brain Stem Dorsolateral (Motor) Pathway Rubrospinal Tract Ventromedial (Motor) Pathway Tectospinal Tract Vestibulospinal Tract MLF (Medial Longitudinal Fasciculus) - interstitiospinal tract Sensory Modulation pathways Raphespinal & Cerulospinal Pathways Descending Autonomic Pathways Spinal Cord Descending Tracts
  • 64. ventromedial pathway dorsolateral pathway Descending Tracts from Brain Stem Spinal Cord Tracts
  • 65. upper motor neuron UMN SOMATIC MOTOR SYSTEM lower motor neuron LMN Brain Stem Descending Pathway Final Common Pathway EFFECTORS skeletal muscle Pyramidal Tract VOLUNTARY CONTROL AUTOMATIC CONTROL Rubrospinal Tract Tectospinal Tract Vestibulospinal Tract MLF Reticulospinal Tract REFLEX
  • 66. Spinal Cord Syndrome Location of Symptoms in Spinal Disease ipsilateral to lesion contralateral to lesion
  • 67. Upper Motor Neuron (UMN) vs. Lower Motor Neuron (LMN) Syndrome UMN syndrome LMN Syndrome Type of Paralysis Spastic Paresis Flaccid Paralysis Atrophy No (Disuse) Atrophy Severe Atrophy Deep Tendon Reflex Increase Absent DTR Pathological Reflex Positive Babinski Sign Absent Superficial Reflex Absent Present Fasciculation and Absent Could be Fibrillation Present
  • 68. Spinal Cord Syndrome
    • Predominantly Motor Syndromes
    • Poliomyelitis (Infantile Paralysis)
    • - viral infection of lower motor neuron
    • - LMN syndrome at the level of lesion
    • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
    • - combined LMN and UMN lesion
    • - LMN syndrome at the level of lesion
    • - UMN syndrome below the level of lesion
    • - Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • 69. Spinal Cord Syndrome Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis 1. corticospinal tract 2. lower motor neuron (LMN)
  • 70. Spinal Cord Syndrome Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Lou Gherig’s Disease Lou "The Iron Horse" Gehrig (1903-41) 3.40, 2131(1925-39), 23 GSH, 147 RBI avg.
  • 71. Spinal Cord Syndrome Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Lou Gherig’s Disease Stephen Haking (1946- ) British Physicist, A Brief History of Time
  • 72. Spinal Cord Syndrome
    • Predominantly Sensory Syndromes
    • Herpes Zoster
    • - inflammatory reactions of spinal ganglion
    • - severe pain on the dermatomes of affected ganglion
    • Tabes Dorsalis
    • - common variety of neurosyphilis
    • - posterior column and spinal posterior root lesion
    • - loss of discriminative touch sensation and conscious
    • proprioception below the level of lesion
    • - posterior column ataxia
    • - lancinating pain ( a stabbing or piercing sensation )
    • - loss of deep tendon reflex (DTR)
  • 73. Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
    • varicella-zoster virus
    • reactivation from
    • the dorsal root ganglia
    • unilateral vesicular
    • eruption within
    • a dermatome
    • T3 to L3 dermatome
    • lesions are frequent
    • zoster ophtahalmicus
    • (ophthalmic division
    • of trigeminal n., V 1 )
    • Ramsey-Hunt syndrome
    • (sensory br. of VII)
    • acyclovir, antiviral agent
  • 74. Spinal Cord Syndrome Sub-Acute Combined Degeneration (Combined System Disease) Lesion - posterior white column - corticospinal tract (UMN) Symptom - loss of discriminative touch sensation and conscious proprioception below the level of lesion - ipsilateral UMN syndrome below the level of lesion
  • 75. Spinal Cord Syndrome Sub-Acute Combined Degeneration 1. corticospinal tract 2. posterior white column
  • 76. Spinal Cord Syndrome Syringomyelia, Hematomyelia Lesion - central canal of spinal cord - gradually extended to peripheral part of the cord Symptom - initial symptom is bilateral loss of pain (compression of anterior white commissure) - variety of symptoms appear according to the lesion extended from central canal
  • 77. Spinal Cord Syndrome Syringomyelia - Initial Symptoms
  • 78.  
  • 79. Spinal Cord Syndrome Brown-Sequard syndrome (spinal cord hemisection) Major Symptoms 1. ipsilateral UMN syndrome below the level of lesion 2. ipsilateral LMN syndrome at the level of lesion 3. ipsilateral loss of discriminative touch sensation and conscious proprioception below the level of lesion (posterior white column lesion) 4. contralateral loss of pain and temperature sensation below the level of lesion (spinothalamic tract lesion)
  • 80. Spinal Cord Syndrome Brown-Sequard Syndrome (Spinal Cord Hemisection)
  • 81.  
  • 82.